Superhero's Duty

Myth by Name.
Villain by Nature.
Hero by Choice.

A fight between a second-generation superhero named Red Bolt and a villain-for-hire named Icarus goes terribly wrong, resulting in the drowning deaths of three innocent civilians and orphaning a six-year-old boy.

Racked with guilt, Red Bolt visits Cameron Wilson at the hospital every night and won’t leave the boy’s side until he falls asleep.

Befriended by a night-shift nurse, the man in costume begins to disclose what really happened after the fight—and why he feels the deaths of Cameron’s parents and sister fall on his actions.

A superhero didn’t survive that night, and Cameron and the rest of the city aren’t out of danger.


A fascinating take on the superhero genre that flirts with ancient Greek culture and sets up a world in which the heroes and villains are sometimes just people trying to make a living. In a fast-growing genre, Patricia Gilliam’s foray into superheroes is entertaining, borderline epic, and a reminder that even in a world that is larger than life, characters with heart matter more than anything.

Jeff Cunningham

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